While roadies like to minimize their Q-factor, some mountain bikers prefer a bit wider stance to improve balance and control. For that, the new LS (Long Spindle) version of the Crank Brothers Mallet E pedal provides an extra 5mm per side while retaining all of the upgraded features of their 2016 lineup.
The standard Mallet E has a 52mm Q-factor, the new Mallet E LS pushes that to 57mm. Step past the break for a visual comparison and a look inside the pedal body…
Standard features for both versions include a concave platform with six adjustable pins per side and ribs for foot traction, chamfered edges to reduce rock strikes (or, at least, their impact forces) and a customizable release angle (by switching cleats from left to right foot, it’s all in the instructions).
Inside, you’ll find an Enduro cartridge bearing (1), an Igus glide bearing (2) and double seal system (3) to keep the crud out. On the end of the spindle is an alloy end cap that threads in, preventing the body from accidentally flying off should anything else come loose (as could happen on some of their first generation Eggbeaters).
The spindle is forged chromoly steel, the spring and wing is stainless steel, and the body is 6061-T6 aluminum. Claimed weight is 465g per pair, retail is $/€165 with a five year warranty and this fancy new electric blue/black color combo.